Exodus 19:3-6 – “And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” NKJV
As I have studied this passage I found it to be fascinating. We know in studying the Bible that the things that happened and were taught and demonstrated in Israel through Moses were types and shadows of heavenly things to come. They were examples and to serve as tutors for us to help us understand from a spiritual perspective what was being demonstrated in the natural. A good rule to always remember is “first the natural, then the spiritual.” It is also wise to remember that the spiritual is virtually always a “progressive revelation.” There are a number of things to be gleaned from this passage that can benefit us in our understanding of God’s Kingdom and our Purpose and Promise today.
- GOD WANTED THEM TO BE A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS.
I ask that you examine some pertinent facts in these verses. First, He (God) bore them on EAGLES WINGS. He would carry them to their destination rather than them getting there on their own strength. All their victories would be as a result of His hand, not their might, wisdom, power, or ability. That is something we need to always keep in the forefront of our minds regarding the things and purposes of God. It is not us, it is Him.
Second, there was a condition attached to His Promise. They had to “obey His voice, and keep His covenant.” That is a condition that God places on virtually every Promise in the Bible. Deuteronomy 11:26-28, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing IF you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse IF you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.” So many other passages that you are familiar with leaving us with only one conclusion that to have God’s Promises there is a Condition.
Third, we come to the Promise. They would be God’s SPECIAL TREASURE and they were to become a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS. Both are powerfully important as are all God’s Promises but if we understand that the things that happened to them were to be examples for us and point to our promises in a New Covenant established on better promises.
Consider what this means to the nation of Israel and then relate that to us today in the Body of Christ. The Covenant of God contained some incredible provisions and promises, not the least of which was they would be GOD’S POSSESSION, His TREASURED TREASURE. Think about being God’s Treasure for a moment. We protect our treasures, do we not? We guard our treasures and keep it safe, so we can walk in the confidence that IF we meet the conditions we can receive the promises and walk in the protection of the Almighty as HIS TREASURE. That should put a spring in your step.
But He did not stop there, He also said they were to become a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS or that is what they were supposed to become and a Holy Nation. So long as they walked in His Covenant and met His conditions (not that they earned anything) but in their obedience. they could expect His Provision, Protection and fulfill His Purpose. No enemy could stand before them so long as they walked in that condition. What does the New Testament declare of us? We are a Holy Nation, a Royal Priesthood, a Chosen Generation and that we are more than conquerors through Jesus.
- THEIR REACTION TO GOD SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO THEM.
When Moses gave them this word they unanimously and in unison declared, “We will do it!” Then God came and talked to them directly and they panicked and told Moses, “You speak to God and tell us what He says, but don’t let God talk to us directly.” [Exodus 20:19]. That was a problem then and is a problem now when the Kingdom of Priests do not hear from the LORD but want to get the message second hand.
We need to take personal responsibility for HEARING GOD for ourselves. Today, many are terrified of a speaking God and have relegated God’s speaking to times past. They want God to work in their lives but do not want to come near enough to HEAR HIS VOICE because that is too frightening and dangerous. Coming into the Holy of Holies requires purity of heart, proper order, obedience and holds great responsibility and accountability. We’d rather someone else enter in and then tell us what God says and if anything goes wrong we can blame them.
God is a speaking God and still speaks to men’s hearts today. It is now time that we come out of the shadows and press into His presence and HEAR GOD today. Our world is in dire need of the Voice of God to overcome the evil being demonstrated. In the types and shadows concerning Israel, we see much of God’s purpose for the Church and each believer.
God bless you as you go through this beautiful and wonderful day!